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Executive Master in Governance and Public Policies


The College of Business Administration was established in 1959 as the College of Commerce, and Public administration Department was established in 1979. Since then, the college has adopted high level of education, which resulted in the graduation of a number of administrative and political leaders at the public and private organizations. As a result of developments at the local and international level, many subjects have become important, such as governance and public policies, which makes the adoption of new programs that offer these topics is a necessity.

The new program offers governance and public policy as the theme of the program. The governance and public policy program cover general policies of the important topics, which had not been addressed adequately. Additionally, few programs in the region have been introduced that cover governance and policy analysis, which makes the new program unique. This program contains important subjects such as good governance, policy analysis and implementation in the public and private organizations


Degree's Name

Executive Master in Governance and Public Policies


Program's Language

 Arabic language


Significance and Justifications of Program Creation

Developing administrative leaders in the field of governance in the public sector and public policy analysis, using practical and scientific methods in policy analysis and problem solving

Improve the skills of those enrolled in the program by applying a flexible system of implementation to suit the working conditions for those wishing to develop their scientific and applied skills from different sectors

Find a link between King Saud University and government and nongovernment institutions.

The contribution of the program in providing specialists and government officials with the necessary skills to implement the initiatives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030, and the implementation of models and frameworks of governance in the public sector, in order to achieve the goals of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.


Program's Vision

Build local and regional leaders specializing in preparing and implementing principles of governance in the public sector and analyzing public policies.


Program's Mission

The development of administrative leadership capacity in the public sector, private sector and non-profit organizations through the provision of scientific and practical application.


Program's Objectives

To meet the growing needs of government officials to develop their abilities, skills and knowledge and learn about the new developments in the field of governance and public policies; and to raise the efficiency and effectiveness of governmental and non-governmental institutions.

To provide participants with the analytical skills of public and private policies that enable them to carry out their roles of leadership and priorities of the national issues and challenges, and how to deal with them.

The promotion of the concept of governance, and the importance of governance in the promotion of the government performance and development.

The preparation of the administrative leaders to become capable of managing the development and solving problems in their organizations.

Strengthening the movement toward building an organizational culture based on collective action, delivery, transparency, learning and effective communication, and strategic thinking.

Promote awareness of the ethics of administrative leadership work and applications of professional values through the development of administrative cases and documenting the experience of government work.


Program Description

Program Plan

 Program Courses Description

Approve the program


Program Outcomes

Knowledge and Learning

Learn recent knowledge and information in the field of public sector governance and public policies.

Gain scientific knowledge of strategies for applying governance in the public sector and analyzing public policies.

Learn about the international indicators and standards in the field of governance and public policies.


Program Beneficiaries

The government and public sector (ministries, departments, general authorities).

Public institutions (civil and military).

Private sector.

National and local Councils Members (Shura, regional and local councils).

Non-profit organizations.

The institutions of civil society.


Employment Opportunities Available

There is a wide range of opportunities in governance and policy analysis both at the operational or strategic level of the government and nongovernment sectors. The executive program in governance and policy analysis sets to contribute to the development of professionals in the governing process and policy analysis; in addition to jobs specialized in in the field of governance and public policies in both public or private sector.


Admission requirements

The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a university recommended by the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in related disciplines such as (public administration, economics, accounting, political science, law, finance), with a grade of no less than (good).

The applicant should have at least one-year work experience.


Program's Targeted Group


                 Male students                    Female students                 ►     Both male and female students



In the afternoon throughout the week, including Friday and Saturday.


Study Unit Fee

    SAR2400)    per study unit)


Requirements for obtaining the Degree

Non-thesis Option

Passing (39) study units of the Master’s courses including applied research.


Program General Structure

Non-thesis Option

:Number of required units is (39) study units including applied research as follows

Type of Courses

No. of Courses

No. of Units Required

Core Courses


(33) study units

Applied Research


(6) study units



(39) study units

Last updated on : January 12, 2023 12:51am